Luanda, 3 December 2021 (TDI): Argentina donated 350 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca, to Angola on 2 December. This action is meant to support equitable access to vaccines and to fight the new Omicron variant.
The donation was managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Worship led by Santiago Cafiero in association with the Ministry of Health led by Carla Vizzotti.
Argentina received donations that exceeded 7 million doses and which allowed to accelerate the application of doses to provide complete protection to its population. Now guided by the principles of solidarity and fraternity, the country started to donate it to countries that need it.
For instance, Mozambique, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, and Vietnam have received doses of Astrazeneca vaccines from Argentina.
The Secretary of State for Public Health of Angola, Franco Mufinda, and the Argentine Ambassador to Angola, Alejandro Verdier, received the shipment.
The Omicron variant is the newest variant of COVID-19 that affects many regions of the world. This reminds us that the pandemic era is not over. Since vaccination is one of the effective ways of fighting the COVID-19, hence, it is pertinent to ensure its equitable distribution across the globe.
Additionally, Angola now counts 65.205 COVID-19 cases and 1735 death. Since countries in Africa don’t have many vaccines doses, for its part Argentina stepped in to help.
Arribaron a Angola 🇦🇴 350 mil dosis de AstraZeneca donadas por Argentina.
Este envío forma parte de una estrategia de reciprocidad y solidaridad internacional para reducir los efectos de la pandemia por COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/2VHEEFK9T6
— Cancillería Argentina 🇦🇷 (@CancilleriaARG) December 2, 2021
Angola and Argentina established diplomatic relations on 2 September 1977. Angola has an embassy in Buenos Aires, and Argentina has an embassy in Luanda. Trade agreements and cooperations in the fields of science, culture, agriculture, and economics have tied both parties.
Moreover, both countries complement each other. Angola benefits from agricultural production and technology. In the same way, Argentina benefits from a market where it can sell food to a growing population as stated by Ambassador Verdier in an interview.
Furthermore, they are also part of different International Organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Internacional Monetary fund.